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  • Description

    Redware pottery tripod comprising of a circular dish incised with chevrons upon three flat legs with incised decoration at the top which join it to the oval base.

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    • Height: 8.8 centimetres
    • Length: 16.2 centimetres (maximum)
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    Treatment date

    9 December 1984

    Treatment proposal

    Clean and desalinate. Be careful of previous restorations.


    The object is dirty, possible soluble salts.

    Treatment details

    The object was soaked in tap water until the conductivity reading levelled out. The old restorations were stuck back with HMG, cellulose nitrate. The three legs of the object were built back using plaster into molded sheet dental wax. The surface was sealed with shellac, then coloured with shellac, dry ground pigments and matting agent Gasil 23c.

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    Ancient Egypt & Sudan

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